DISCERNMENT: God speaks daily to our hearts. In special seasons of our lives, God will speak a specific word that is just for you. It is repeated and confirmed over and over. You see the message in a book you are reading. You hear it in a song. A radio series or television show alludes to it. A friend or love one shares the message unknowingly. Without a doubt, you know this word is from the Lord. You experience His peace. It encompasses your total being. It is the Lord’s soft whispers of guidance and directions. He waits for you to respond.
When you hear God’s voice, you have several choices: 1) You can ignore the prompting. 2) You can respond to the prompting; moving towards God’s purpose for your life by preparing and being ready to go, wherever He leads. 3) Or you can act in fear with the three f’s: FREEZE (do nothing); FLIGHT (run to your comfort zone and hide), or fight with others (naysayers) about whether it is God’s voice or not.
As we practice God’s presence, we learn to distinguish what is of God, and what is not. The Holy Spirit will open our hearts and minds to the heart and will of God. We simply need to trust the process. The spiritual discipline of discernment makes us sensitive to God’s voice and will. God’s Spirit helps us to recognize the voice of the Lord. Those who are opened to such will be led to respond accordingly; moving out in all that the Father has ordained.
“St. Ignatius of Loyola notes that sin is unwillingness to trust that what God wants is our deepest happiness. Until I am absolutely convinced of this, I will do everything I can to keep my hands on the controls of my life, because I think I know better than God what I need for my fulfillment” (Calhoun 2005, 99).
Take time, right now. Listen. What is God saying? What areas of your life is He speaking? How will you respond? Your response to the nudging of God’s Spirit indicates your level of love, trust, and obedience. Do not miss doors of opportunities because of fear. Trust the process. God holds you and the future in His hands. He cares deeply about you and desires to bless you in all areas of your life (Psalm 84:11-12). Trust Him, and move full speed ahead into all that He has ordained for your life! .
Pastor Dianthia Gilmore, Seed Sowers Ministry, a Church Without Walls for Leaders